Strong Mommas 2015

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IMG_9732First Name: Trish
Age: 48
Children: Taylor, 22, Alec 21, Lauren 17, Carly 15, Gregory 11
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Weight lifting
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Taking 1st Place in the 2013 Global Physique Fitness Bikini Competition in the Master’s 41+ Category and 3rd Place in the Open 18+ Category just 14 months after suffering mini-strokes.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Take care of yourselves!!! Do something EACH day that is for no one else but you! It could be as simple as enjoying a cup of tea in total peace and quiet, soaking in the tub, or enjoying the sunset. Practice loving yourself and treating yourself with the kindness and respect that you would a tiny infant or someone dear to you. Self-care is NOT SELFISH! If you don’t take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually, you will have nothing to give to others: your children, your spouse, your friends. Self-care sends a message to others, but most importantly YOUR CHILDREN, that who you are MATTERS! We all matter! And when we love ourselves enough to make our needs important, we establish parameters for how we expect to be treated. Trust me, I learned this lesson the hard way!

You can continue to follow Trish a the links below!

Instagram: @fitnessmoments
Twitter: @FITness_MOMents
Pinterest: Fitness MOMents
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fitnessmoments
Blog: www.fitness-moments.com
Periscope: Trish Marmo

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First Name: Christine
Age: 35
Children: Alexander, age 6 and Lauren, age 2
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: PLYOGA (plyometrics with yoga as active recovery), Boot Camp, Marathon training/running, & all types of dancing!
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be:
I qualified to run my first Boston Marathon less than 3 months after giving birth to my second child, Lauren. I worked (as a high school English teacher) and taught fitness class until a week before having both of my children! I was back to exercise (moderately) two weeks after each delivery. Also, I am currently THE CHEIF MASTER TRAINER for PLYOGA Fitness. I am now in charge of certifying other fitness professionals while providing CEC’s through AFAA,ACE,NASM,CANFITPRO, etc. It has always been a dream of mine!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Hi Moms! Stay in shape and exercise throughout your pregnancy to ensure healthy weight gain, strong muscles, and a better mental state! The more fit you are throughout your pregnancy, the faster your body will recover after you deliver! A healthy mom is THE BEST role model for her children!

You can continue to follow Christine at the links below!

Websites: www.contifitness.com and www.plyogafitness.com

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First Name: Katie Ann
Age: 32
Children: Lilyann, 3
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Home workout – “21Day Fix”
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: When I was a mom-to-be I was proud of myself for sticking with the gym as much as I did. I had morning sickness for all 10 months, and going to work out was the LAST thing I wanted to do ever. But the little bit that I managed to get done really helped me recover faster from my C-Section. The nurses said that they had never seen anyone walk in the same day as surgery before.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Just because your body is about to have a baby, or because there’s a little one who wants your constant attention, doesn’t mean you can’t find 30 minutes to yourself (even a few days a week) to keep/get yourself back in shape! There are so many ways to include that big belly or tiny baby in your workout. And it will be a lot of fun!

You can continue to follow Katie at the links below!

Blog: http://geekyfitchick.wordpress.com
Instagram: @geekyfitchick
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TBBArbonneKatieAnn

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First Name: Stephanie
Age: 36
Children: Trigger John, age 6 weeks
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: crossfit, running and hot yoga
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I finished 47th out of 777 regional athletes during the crossfit open at 6 months pregnant and could still do 68 pullups after gaining 30 pounds!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Get in the best shape you possibly can before pregnancy. Being fit and healthy went a long way during the hard times like morning sickness and to help prevent too much weight gain. My doctor allowed me to continue working out at about the same level I did before I was pregnant and I was still beating my husband in workouts up to 2 weeks before I gave birth! It was really helpful emotionally, mentally and physically to have the support of my crossfit coaches and community. I was able to return to the gym at two weeks postpartum and had lost 24 pounds of my 30 pound pregnancy weight gain by the end of the first month! I know I wouldn’t have had such a quick recovery had I not been training before and during my pregnancy! It’s definitely helped me to be able to be a great mom now!

You can continue to follow Stephanie on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gr8rubb!

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First Name: Elizabeth
Age: 39
Children: Cristian 12, Baby Swaggy due 11/12
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Zumba, Kickboxing and Crossfit. I love anything that challenges me and gets my heart pumping!
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I signed up for a Goruck Tough Challenge last fall that was to take place this May. I started training in the winter and in February I found out I was pregnant after trying to conceive for the last 10 years. I’d been training so hard with my team and was determined to complete this event. With permission from my doctor, I continued to train and in May, 3 months pregnant, I completed the most grueling and intense 12 hour overnight event I’ve ever done. I accomplished more mentally and physically than I thought I was capable of. It was an amazing experience.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Never let your health and fitness take a back seat. Your family deserves a happy and healthy mom and there is no better example for your children. For me, waking up early and getting my workouts in before everyone wakes up is key. I’ve also started to do events with my son which I LOVE to do. It’s so great to cross a finish line with him. Don’t underestimate yourself. You are capable of accomplishing great things. Just make the time!

You can continue to follow Elizabeth at the links below!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stayfitwithelizabeth
Instagram:@stayfitwithelizabeth

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First Name: Gina
Age: 34
Children: Chase, 6 and Kylie, 5
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: PLYOGA, Zumba, Fit Barre
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I was picked to become a Master Trainer for PLYOGA fitness. I was always a dance instructor & teaching anything other than dance made me very uncomfortable. It was out of my comfort zone to try other formats. It was an honor to be chosen to represent the company as a Master Trainer.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Keep moving! An active & healthy lifestyle only helps with all things “Mommy”from pregnancy, to delivery, to postpartum.

You can continue to follow Gina at the links below!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ginacappiello
Instagram: @gcheer33

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First Name: Misha
Age: 30
Children: Kaylie, 10
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Running and Obstacle Course Racing
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Completed the Spartan Race Killington Vermont World Championships in 2014.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Staying active, even at your lowest, get out and take a walk, don’t stop, you can do this! Put your health first.

You can continue to follow Misha at the links below!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/misha85
Instagram: @mishaw
Twitter: @buttonsnbows94

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First Name: Katie
Age: 28
Children: Riley 4
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: kickboxing
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I have gone from a size 14 to a 3 and have officially gotten my Spartan Trifecta. And now my job it to teach others how to be healthy and fit! I’m a mom and full time kickboxing instructor. I’m literally the healthiest I have ever been in my life. I went from working in the food industry and being unhealthy and overweight to teaching fitness kickboxing and helping other people change their lives! Now I’m running Spartan Races too! And I just completed my first beast in Vermont, also getting my first trifecta
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Just keep moving. It’s the only way to keep up with a little one.

You can continue to follow Katie on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kayteeburns74

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First Name: Carly
Age: 30
Children: Luke 3, and Soren turning 2 in October
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Beachbody workouts
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: My kids are 16 months apart and I got really, really out of shape in between them, and during my last pregnancy I felt awful! After Soren was the heaviest I’d ever been, and unhappy. So, I decided to make some changes. Over the last 2 years I’ve gotten in the best shape of my life, and I’ve got the beginnings of a 6 pack! I’ve NEVER been able to see any of my abs before!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Don’t think that because you have kids that you can’t take time for you! I want to be in shape so I can keep up with my with my two little men, and I couldn’t do that if I didn’t take that time for me!

You can continue to follow Carly at the links below!

Website: www.beachbodycoach.com/carlysipherd
Instagram: @carlysipherd

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First Name: Tramaine
Age: 30
Children: Baby B, 8 months
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: running, body pump
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I was back to pre pregnancy weight by 1 week postpartum and now at 8 months postpartum I am 20 lbs below pre pregnancy weight.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Don’t think that you can’t be healthy because your life revolves around a newborn. Include your baby in your physical activity and make healthy food choices. My favorite non gym exercise is running. I love it because it’s free, I can do it with my daughter in her stroller, I can do it anywhere I travel. Running is also easy to get into with free couch to 5k apps available on smartphones.

You can continue to follow Tramaine on Instagram @fitfaithwalk!

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First Name: Heather
Age: 31
Children: Blake, 21 Months
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: I LOVE all exercise! I am just about to finish 21 Day fix, and want to do PiYo for a 2nd time. Both programs I got through Team Beachbody! They both incorporate great exercises that I love doing!
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I was so down on my son through most of my son’s first year. I was depressed! Finally after talking with some friends, I made the decision to get off my butt and get to it! I changed my eating habits, started PiYo, and made sure to stay active. Now I am so full of energy and nothing can stop me! I’ve lost the baby weight plus some and feel AMAZING!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Don’t be so hard on yourself. Dont wish, DO IT! Once you get started nothing can stop you! Do it for your baby! We’ve all been there and just need to make sure we support each other to the fullest!

You can continue to follow Heather at the links below!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/coffeeandcardio
Instagram: @HeatherAKahler

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First Name: Gena
Age: 33
Children: Emma, 2 and Owen 6 weeks
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Running and HIIT
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Since becoming a mother I am so proud of my fitness accomplishments! With hard work and dedication I got myself back into shape and gained all of my energy back which is a MUST with an active 2 year old and a newborn! Now that my two year old has been watching me workout and start to get back into shape again since my recent pregnancy, she is starting to workout with me. We do mommy and me fitness hour. Whether it’s lifting weights downstairs or doing some type of crazy fun run outside, she enjoys it! She’s going to be an athlete just like her mommy. Another accomplishment I had after my first pregnancy was that I landed on a fitness reality show called Broken Skull Challenge which is a show that has top elite athletes competing against each other for $10,000. I was so proud to get picked to be on the show especially since I was out of the workout loop for almost a year and a half due to my first born being in the NICU for 9 1/2 months. So getting back into shape and being able to have the experience of being on the “toughest show in America” was a great honor!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Never ever say “I can’t” because YOU CAN! Anything that you put your mind to you can do. Just because you “can’t” run a marathon today doesn’t mean you won’t be able to run a marathon ever. You just have to work up to it by doing a little but everyday and you will get there, I promise!!! There is always time if you make the time. Even if it’s just 5 minutes there is time! Grab you baby hold them and if you need to do some squats do them! Your baby will love you going up and down with them! Great for you and good for the baby. Dont get so caught up in “the perfect body.” Perfect defines you! As a mom of 2 with two c sections I know I’ll have my mom skin and stretch marks but I don’t care! I earned them and I have two beautiful babies who are my world! As long as you are healthy,happy, confident, and feeling great it will have such a positive effect on your children!!

You can continue to follow Gena at the links below!

Facebook: Emma Rose and Fire Fitness
Instagram: @firefitnessmomma

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First Name: Cara
Age: 38
Children: Ryan, 4 months
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: HIIT, Crossfit, weight lifting, tabata
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I’m still working on this one. I’ve lost my pregnancy weight but I am not my pre-pregnancy size. I stayed pretty active and worked out until my last month. I’m convinced this helped the weight come off. However, I am still early in the game and learning how to balance being a mommy, housekeeper, wife, and employee. That’s a lot of hats to wear. But I’ve committed myself to getting in exercises wherever I can, whenever I can.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t follow the “plan” you had for yourself after you gave birth. Mine went right out the window! I know I will get back my strength and be at my pre-pregnancy size again. Be kind to yourself and be patient. And as a first time mommy, reach out to people for support! That’s what makes this community so wonderful..you can see you’re not alone and you can achieve your goals in due time.

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First Name: Sabrina
Age: 28
Children:  Logan is 9, Landon is 7 and Layton is 3
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: I love anything but cardio! I love dancing, and anything that makes me sweat! I am currently doing the 21 day fix program from beach body, and I love, love, love it!
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I literally just took back control of my life a few months ago, I’m a type one diabetic of 12 years and I have an insulin pump. After my third child I wasn’t watching what was going in my mouth, I didn’t care. I had no form of a daily exercise and now four months into my journey I am down almost 30 pounds and 28″!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Don’t have the mentality of I’m eating for 2! Or use the excuse because you are pregnant it’s okay, it is okay to a certain extent but don’t let yourself go. Your body is just as important as that little one you are responsible for!

You can continue to follow Sabrina at the links below!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sabrinaseth.wyatt
Instagram: @sabrinawyatt

IMG_8794First Name: Ursula
Age: 33
Children: Demetri 16, Diego 11 and Baby Addison due in November! I’m 29 weeks pregnant
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: I love my Beachbody videos, running and weight training
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I’m proud of seeing my transformation from where my body has been (pregnancy) and where it’s going in the future! A woman’s body is truly amazing!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Be patient and enjoy the ride when it comes to being pregnant, sleepless nights and spending time with family! Time passes so quickly! But make sure you take time for you! Take care of your body by eating right and exercising

You can continue to follow Ursula at the links below!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fitwithurs
Instagram: @fitwithurs

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Name: Kate
Age: 27
Children: Baby Boy 17 months
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: I teach Spin and HIIT classes 4x a week. I love weight lifting and running and hiking as well. Quick and efficient workouts whether Cardio, strength or an interval of both have become what I do most often. 45 minutes or less.
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Overcame a challenging 4 day birth and complications for 10 weeks with nursing. Fed baby every 2hrs even through the night for 3 months so he could gain weight. I taught classes until the day I was induced at 37 weeks. Back down to pre-pregnancy weight by 6 months PP due to a clean diet, exercise and nursing. I teach 4 classes a week and train clients part time. I traveled overseas for 2 weeks with a 13 month old and I’m still nursing.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: The best you can do is the best you can do. Only you (and your better half) get to decide what is best for YOUR family! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

You can continue to follow Kate on Instagram @mageefit!

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Name: Rachele
Age: 23
Children: Autum (3) and Riley (2)
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: HITT training, yoga, Pilates
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Before my first pregnancy I was extremely underweight and was throughout, 90 lbs pre pregnancy, 112 lbs at 40 weeks. After I had my daughter I still wasn’t able to keep much weight on. 100 lbs at most. When I got pregnant with my son I was able to gain and got up to 150lbs. Very different. After I had my son. I stayed in the 140s and hated my body. I suffered with PPD and was always unhappy in clothes. My sister-in-law and I were both in down places and started working out together and making life style changes with our eating habits and daily lives. My husband stared joining us to support me and his sister. Since then I’m down to 120 and love my body and love that I am a health role model for my children in their eating habits and daily lives.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Don’t give up! Making a lifestyle change isn’t easy and won’t happen over night! It takes time and will power but YOU CAN DO IT! Take baby steps at first, like working out twice a week and giving up soda and slowly build on to it. Makes the transition so much easier and doesn’t overwhelm your body!

You can continue to follow Rachele on Instagram @autum_rileysmom!

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First Name: Heidi
Age: 35
Children: Garrett, 4 and Audie, 2
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: CrossFit and boot camp are my favorites, but I love just about all forms of interval training. I used to be into long distance running, but have found much more success with and satisfaction from working out in a group setting doing high intensity, functional movements.
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I entered a CrossFit competition just a few months after giving birth and after only having done CrossFit a few times. I came in second to last. The following year, I entered the same competition and came in second.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Never let anyone else define what “fitness” means for you. You need to figure out your own concept of health and fitness, and only you knows what balance looks and feels like for you and your family.

You can continue to follow Heidi at the links below!

Website: www.heidiriversmarshall.com
Facebook: Reclaim the Fit Mom
Instagram: @reclaimfitmom
Amazon Shop: Heidi’s Book – The Fit Mom Project

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First Name: Danielle
Age: 27
Children: Evan, 2 and Heidi, 1
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Weight lifting, and high intensity cardio. I love to include my children into my workouts so we will go hiking or on the trails near our home as well.
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Before I had children I had competed in bikini competitions, but everything changed when I became pregnant with my son. After ongoing fertility issues my husband and I were ecstatic to conceive naturally, but we were also really scared. I ate things I shouldn’t have; I didn’t exercise nearly as often as I should have, and gained 45lbs throughout my first pregnancy. After giving birth to my son I was devastated that I didn’t walk out of the hospital room with my old 6 pack intact. I was obviously misguided! I healed quickly from my son’s birth and began working out and eating healthy within a few short weeks. Breastfeeding and weight lifting helped bring me back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but 8 short months after the birth of my son I found out I was pregnant, with my daughter! Surprise, surprise! During my second pregnancy I made better food choices and stayed quite active considering I was chasing a 1 year old around, and continued to lift weights. I proudly gained 25lbs with my darling daughter. I’ve spent the last year getting back into shape, and am proud to say I’m in the best shape of my life all the while toting around two of the sweetest toddlers.

After having my son I decided that it was too difficult to get into the gym, and quite honestly I didn’t want to leave my son with a stranger while I worked out. So we spent a few months purchasing equipment some used, and some brand new, and within a few short months we had a fully functional garage gym. I love being able to put my kids to bed, and head down to the gym for some serious weight lifting, and cardio. A perk is being able to see my sleeping babies on the monitor in case anyone needs night time consoling. I love the fact that my toddlers can head out to the garage gym with me, and work out too whether it’s jumping, running around, or using their WOD toys. I am currently a Liftcorp Rep, as well as an affiliate for Fit Like Flint. I am so grateful for those on this fitness journey with me.

Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Is to believe in yourself, being a mom is the hardest job, yet the most rewarding. Lead by example, and be gentle with yourself. There will always be someone who makes more money, has a better body, but rather than dwell on what you don’t have, show your children a positive role model and embrace the fact that your butt may drop from childbirth, or that you may have loose skin around your tummy. Be confident, exude confidence, being a healthy mama is the greatest gift you can give your children.

You can continue to follow Danielle at the links below!

Blog: Chronicles of a Fit Mommy
Instagram: @chroniclesofafitmommy

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First Name: Alexa
Age: 31
Children: Isabella, 7
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Weights at home
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Being able to define my body when I just thought “that’s how my genes are”
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Dont expect to build Rome in 1 day! This takes hard work and dedication. You cannot pretend that 20lbs or 100lbs of overweight will go away in 3 days doing 30 min of cardio.

You can continue to follow Alexa at on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/alexa.zerrate

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First Name: Laura
Age:46
Children: Nicolas 16 and Cristian 12
Preferred form of exercise: weight training, HIIT training, TRX, and boxing. I like quick and efficient workouts best. I don’t think it’s necessary to spend hours in the gym.
Health & Fitness Accomplishments since becoming a mom: Its been a while, but I remember the challenges of pregnancy and becoming a new mom. I gained 65 lbs with my first and 55lbs with my second! Just working on losing that weight is an accomplishment in itself. I was always active growing up involved in sports, and before having children I worked as a fitness instructor through college, and then became a HS health and physical education teacher. Even though it was long ago, post pregnancy was a tough time both physically and mentally. It took a lot to get back into fitness because my body had changed and I had a lot less time! I thought I would go back to teaching, but I became a personal trainer. I feel like I am in better shape now than when I was younger and I try to inspire others to do the same no matter how old they are. I have run 5K’s with clients and even placed in my age group in several of them, completed a Fitahtlon, and I plan to get back into things I really loved like skating and biking.
Advice for new moms to be: Exercise and good nutrition are priceless before, during and after pregnancy. The more active you are the easier your pregnancy and delivery will be. Don’t be hard on yourself because you will probably not be prepared for your state of mental health after the baby comes. It’s physically and emotionally draining so if you fall out of your healthy routine, forgive yourself and move forward!! Keep your children active by modeling your enjoyment of exercise and movement rather than making like it’s a punishment. Let them find their own interests even if they’re different from yours;)

You can continue to follow Laura at the links below!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/laurasseaofwellness
Twitter: @seaofwellness
Instagram: @lawr69
YouTube: Sea of Wellness

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First Name: Jessica
Age: 32
Children: Kaitlyn, 6 and Isabelle, 4
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: running and lifting!
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I’m proud that I can run without stopping or dying! My average run when I’m “just gonna go for a run” is about 3 miles and I can do that with ease. 1 mile used to be my workout out and now it’s just my warm up!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: don’t get stressed out that you need to be “the girl you want to be” now! If you are working towards a fit mom it will come with time. I have like no time during the summers so I do take it easy than and than once the school year comes is when I go harder. I’m always working on me. I’ve included the hiking picture because I’m showing my girls activity is fun and can keep them healthy. It doesn’t always have to be boring hard work. It can be fun!IMG_8656

First Name: Amy
Age: 35
Children: Tucker- 15, Elora-13, Belle-11, Ella-9, Bruce-7, Bear-5, Oak-3
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Weight training, running, Pilates
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I lost 45 lbs, 16% body fat and 10 inches off my waist this year. I have gained so much more though. I have energy to run and play with the kids. We have always been active but now we are more healthy. I use to hear “you look great…. For having seven kids.” Now I just hear “you look great.”
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Be kind to yourself. My motto in the beginning was “my best is enough.” Then everyday I just gave my best. Making your health a priority allows you to take better care of those around you.

You can continue to follow Amy at the links below!

Website: Giammalva Racquet Club
Facebook: Amy’s Nation
Instagram: @Amy_Edmonson

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First Name: Tiffanie
Age: 42
Children: Ethan, 13 and Ashton, 12
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: At the moment I am doing Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I graduated from college as an aerobics instructor with a Food and Nutrition Science degree. I’ve fluctuated here and there before having children, but for the most part was always fit and healthy. After having children, and the stresses of life, my fitness seemed to take a backseat to the responsibilities that being a mom required. I put on weight, became complacent and honestly just overwhelmed by all the various diet recommendations and fitness routines. I didn’t want to spend hours in the gym, nor do I have time for that, and I also did NOT want to cut out any particular food group from my diet. Since getting on the road back to health and fitness (18 weeks) I have dropped 4 sizes and resurrected abdominal muscles that I thought were long gone. I’m super proud to show other moms, especially those of us over the age of 40, that it’s not too late to get fit and take charge of your health again!!!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Carve out time for yourself. Before the kids wake up is my favorite time of the day to collect my thoughts and spend 30 minutes exercising. It doesn’t take a lot to make a change, it just takes consistency and time. Work towards bettering yourself daily. Some days that is going to be at a snail’s pace, other times it’ll be a sprint, and sometimes you’re gonna need someone to drag you across that finish line. That’s okay. And if you screw up…oh well. Don’t bring yesterday’s troubles into today’s possibilities. Brush yourself off and keep moving forward. The difference between the successful and the unsuccessful is what they do when they fall. Just keep moving!!!

You can continue to follow Tiffanie at the links below!

Facebook Page: Moms Can Be Fit
Private Facebook Group: Moms Can Be Fit
Instagram: @moms.can.be.fit

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First Name: Bridget
Age: 32
Children: Twins – Sadie & Patrick, 3
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Yoga and Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: My greatest fitness accomplishment since having S and P was becoming a Lululemon ambassador. I started teaching yoga about 5 years ago and back then, I never dreamed that I would be recognized as a leader in my community. Lululemon supports a community of driven athletes and amazing individuals who harness lululemon’s passion to elevate the world. That’s pretty major in my book and I was grateful and humbled that people think of me that way!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Flexibility…and I don’t just mean on a yoga mat! I’m able to workout because I do one of two things, depending on how busy my day is going to be. I either block out time in advance and I’m firm with it
or I am a workout ninja. I’ll break down 30-40 minutes of workouts into 10 minute chunks and I squeeze them in throughout my day. I have even done planks while the microwave runs! I just aim to have completed my full “workout” by the end of the day
it may not be pretty, but it’s done!

You can continue to follow Bridget at the links below!

Website: www.bridgetriepl.com
Yoga Articles: Mind Body Green
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bridget.riepl
Instagram: @Brighty19

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First Name: Jen
Age: 31
Children: Jackson 4, Madilyn, 2
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: weight training
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I am so comfortable in a 2 piece swim suit now than I have ever been before, even high school years and pre- pregnancy.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Consistency is key! Also don’t be afraid of weights. Incorporating weight training into my workouts have boosted my metabolism and has gotten me more toned than ever before, even more than when I was running 13+ miles. If your a beginner just break it up into upper body days and then lower body days.

You can continue to follow Jen at the links below!

Blog: www.myjenrose.com
Instagram:@jenrose_smith

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First Name: Wendy
Age: 52
Children: Tom 18, Matt 16
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: running, yoga, and CrossFit
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I’ve been running for 20 years—through infertility and IVF, through childrearing, but in the last 5-6 years, I got serious and have run 13 half marathons and 2 full marathons. I’m training of #3 as we speak. I’m most proud of my PRs and AGs that I’ve gotten over the past 2 years. I’m a 50-something mom who refuses to let my age define me. I’m the mom of 2 teenage boys and I’m also a nurse practitioner. I hope to inspire other women and moms!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Every mom has to have an interest that is her own, outside of her children. Having time for yourself to do something that makes you happy will make you a more patient mom. Plus you will be setting a good example for your kids!

You can continue to follow Wendy at the links below!

Blog: Taking the Long Way Home
Facebook: Taking the Long Way Home
Twitter: @oldrunningmom
Instagram: @wendyistakingthelongwayhome

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First Name: Vanessa
Age: 32
Children: Benjamin, 6
Preferred Form of Exercise and Health: I like to change up my workouts so I never get bored, but mostly strength training and cardio (HIIT, spin)
Health & Fitness Accomplishment you are proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom to be: Over the past 4 years I can honestly say that I am so proud of myself for how much stronger I have become – not only physically, but mentally . Before I got pregnant I couldn’t even hold myself up on a pull up bar. Not many people know this about me but all throughout my pregnancy (during which I gained a whopping 70 lbs.) I had bouts of depression where I would cry on a daily basis and I lacked motivation in everything I did. I would go for the occasional walk around my local reservoir but I was not in a good physical or mental state of mind. An unexpected pregnancy at the age of 24, while not married and in an unhealthy relationship was not ideal but I knew what I had to do. After I had my beautiful son, Benjamin, I knew things had to change. I was unhappy and felt trapped. I removed myself from any toxic relationships and finally took the step to shed all the baby weight and become a better version of me. It took about 2 years for me to get back to my pre baby weight. Until I truly realized how important working out consistently and eating healthy were, going to the gym was just a waste. Today, it’s safe to say that I am a strong, confident single MILF (mother instilling lifelong fitness) in the best shape of my life. I have developed a passion for health & fitness and love to inspire people to be better and do better. I would never be where I am today without the help, guidance and support of a few special people in the health and fitness industry that have pushed me along the way and taught me so much invaluable information that I use on a daily basis. Also, a big thank you to my family for always being there and taking Ben so I could go workout.
Advice for Moms or Moms-to-Be: If you want something, find the best people who will help you along your way to success and set your mind to it. Always ask for help. If you’re looking to become stronger or healthier make sure you do your research and find someone who is going to support you and knows what they are doing to help get you to where you want to be. Invest in yourself…and make sure to always have a smile on your face!

You can continue to follow Vanessa on Instagram @QBNCUTIE

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First Name: Sarah
Age: 28
Children: Alaiyna 6, Audrina 4, and expecting ~6wks
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: I enjoy every form, I love the challenge of new things, so running, swimming, HITT, crossfit, but I couldn’t go without weight lifting
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: My biggest accomplishment is being an inspiration to other women and moms (and even men) to become fit. I wasn’t born with “good genes” where it was so easy and I’ve never had a small or skinny build, let alone a healthy body. Now that I’m a little older, a mom, and expecting I’ve never been more healthy and in shape and I love showing others the way for that. Fitness and health was an outlet for me to get out of a horrible mentally and physically abusive relationship, I’m confident, happy and a woman of God
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: To never give up and anything is possible. Setting a good example for your kids to love yourself enough to take care of yourself and as a woman it’s beautiful to be physically strong because with that you become mentally strong. You have to lead by example.

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First Name: Samantha
Age: 30
Children: Juliette age 4 (almost) and Travis age 14 months
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Weight training, HIIT cardio, boot camp style workouts
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be:
In general my entire perspective of training or working out changed drastically after I had my daughter. Prior to having my daughter I would only slightly train in the gym with weights – I never picked up more than maybe an 8 pound dumbbell, I did a lot of Zumba and a lot of cardio but nothing like how I train right now. About a year after having my daughter I started to get serious about my fitness and I decided to hire a trainer to work with my husband and I. I have since been training with my trainer one time a week for the last three years. He really taught me how to change my body, fuel my metabolism, get stronger, and really get smarter in my training. His whole program is more based around training the entire mind and body as a whole and providing a whole body workout or experience in a much shorter amount of time then a traditional weight room routine usually takes. With all that said I would say my biggest accomplishment is two fold. I’m much stronger in mind and body then I was ever before my pregnancies. And secondly it is the first time in my life that I have visible abdominal muscles that I am extremely proud of! Something I thought I would never have especially after having two children.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: My biggest word of advice for any mom or mom-to-be is first, don’t be afraid to pick up weights. I weight trained through the entirety of my pregnancies, the first time with my daughter doing a lot more cardio involved moves but the second time with my son I heavy weight trained until the bitter end (until two days before I gave birth) and it was the best thing I could’ve ever done. I was stronger mentally and physically when I was giving birth and recovered much more quickly! Always heed the guidance of your doctor of course, but do the research or hire a trainer who is well versed in mobility and understanding the pregnant body! And second, be active with your kids! Nothing beats a day of running, playing, swinging, and having fun! I’ve brought my kids and pushed them through 5ks, the color run, hikes, bike rides you name it! Having them be a part of your active lifestyle is the best gift you can give them!

You can continue to follow Samantha on Instagram @samjoshinn

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First Name: Lauren
Age: 34
Children: None…but I’m cooking one up as we speak in my belly!
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Yoga
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Staying active in some way, shape or form and eating foods that both nourish my body and baby throughout my entire pregnancy! My fitness routine remained somewhat the same throughout pregnancy (loads of yoga, walking, dancing, low impact cardio, weight training), but just toned down to accommodate my changing body and growing belly.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Honor your body even more so than usual. Check in with yourself and honestly ask your body what it needs. It’s SO easy to do too much, overextend ourselves…and get burnt out. More often than not, we need to do LESS and rest/chill out more! I always remind my clients that it’s not only a wonderful habit to practice for your health/wellness/sanity but it’s also an excellent way to lead by example as a parent! Your child will grow up learning that putting his/hers health first is an important priority.

You can continue to follow Lauren at the links below!
Website: www.centeryourhealth.net
Facebook: Center Your Health
Vimeo: Center Your Health
Instagram: @centeryourhealth

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First Name: Danielle Reinhardt
Age: 33
Children: David Michael, 6
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Personal Training at No Bull Training and my Brother Mike Patotas Spartan SGX classes
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Loosing over 150 lbs with the ability to compete Elite in a spartan race with a 6:39 min mile.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: The healthier you are, the longer you will be around for your children. Involve and inspire them with everything you do.

You can continue to follow Danielle at the links below!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anantibullyingcampaign
Website: www.biggerthanthebully.com

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First Name: Rachael
Age: 31
Children: Lucas, age *not quite* 2
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Weight-lifting and Running
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Stepping back into the competitive bodybuilding world and placing third in my first show back at just 55 weeks postpartum!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Take care of YOU! I figured out early on that in order to be the best mom (and wife) I can be I need to take care of myself too. I need to do the things that make me happy, like cooking a healthy meal or running every day. If I’m happy then I can be better for them. Do something every day for yourself, not because someone tells you to, but because you deserve it!

You can continue to follow Rachael at the links below!

Website: www.rachaelnovellofitness.wordpress.com
Instagram: @rachaelnovellofitness
Facebook:
@rachaelnovellofitness
Twitter:
@rachaelnovello
Periscope:
@rachaelnfitness

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Name: Kristen
Age: 30
Children: Kylee,3 1/2
Preferred Exercise: CrossFit
Accomplishment: Qualifying for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games North East Regional and Qualifying for the 2015 NPGL Combine
Advice: Being a mom is an amazing job and it is a full time job on top of everything else that we do every day. It is so important not to lose yourself in motherhood and in life. We owe it to our families to be the very best version of ourselves and to love ourselves in order to give our full self to our families. Find something that you love and do it, often and without regret because one day when our children are grown they will have witnessed their role model, their mom work hard and will do the same.

You can continue to follow Kristen at the links below!

Website: www.kristengraham.net
Instagram: @kgrahamsfb
Twitter: @kgrahamsfb
Facebook: KGrahamsfb

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First Name: Katie
Age: 37
Children: Brayden (3) and Tyler (20 months)
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Turbo Kick Boxing and the 21 Day Fix at home workouts
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Finally getting on track with my health/fitness. I’ve lost 15 lbs since April and am back to pre-baby weight! I’m stronger and feel so much better. I have more energy to keep up with my busy boys while working full-time! I’ve learned to think differently about food and how it makes me feel. I made time for myself which has made me a better mom and wife. I’m also thrilled with my choice to become a Beachbody Coach. I now have the pleasure of coaching and supporting others on their health/fitness journey. They also help keep me accountable and motivate me!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Make time for yourself, even if it’s just 30 minutes. We need to be healthy all around for our families. You are a role model for your children and they will see you making healthy choices and in turn will follow.

You can continue to follow Katie at the links below!

Website: www.teambeachbody.com/katiewhitworth

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First Name: Jaime
Age: 39
Children: Ethan (9), Eli (2)
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: OCR training outside is preferable! We have a mini obstacle course so anytime I can get outside and put my headphones in, I am a happy woman! But when I can’t get outside, I have a ton of fitness DVDs that I can choose from and do one either first thing in the morning, or after the kids go to bed.
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be:
I have to say, I feel very proud for finally overcoming my fears and completing my first obstacle race last year. It was the Beach RAID in OOB, Maine. I had been struggling for about a year with my weight and fitness. I finally decided on my 39th birthday that I don’t want to be this person anymore. My little one had just turned two, and I felt it was time to do something about it. I absolutely fell in love with obstacle course racing. No turning back now! I am hooked for as long as my body will allow me to do it.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Enjoy your newborn first and foremost, time goes by so fast. There is plenty of time to get your body back and for fitness. Take it slow. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise 7 days a week to start with. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, you just have to move. I promise you, you will be mentally happier if you just get that 30 minutes a day in. It was a life saver and a life changer for me in more ways than one. When you are ready to dial in your nutrition, start planning and prepping your meals. I found an awesome nutrition program that concentrates on portion sizes, which I needed. I always ate healthy, but never realized how MUCH I was eating.

You can continue to follow Jaime at the links below!

Instagram: @1momjourney2fit
YouTube: One Mom’s Journey to Becoming Spartan FIT
Facebook: www.facebook.com/journeytospartanfit

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First Name: Cassie
Age: 32
Children: David 9, Ethan 6, Nicholas 4
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Weights
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Finishing the World Championship Killington Beast
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Find a way to fit exercise and fitness into your schedule. Do not feel guilty if the kids have to go to childwatch at the gym for an hour, because there are times mine do whine about it. However, I am a happy mom when I get an hour to myself to exercise and regroup.

You can continue to follow Cassie at the links below!

Instagram: @cassiejl5
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cassie.damkoehler

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Age: 33
Children: Kylie 6, Lola 4, Daisy 2, Lexi 1
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: I love PIYO, reformer Pilates classes, weight training with the 21 day fix & dancing. I’m looking forward to starting CIZE when it launches in the next few days because I love to dance & am a former ballerina.
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I’m proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone & trying new things! I knew that I would not be able to get to reformer classes or the gym with my 4 little girls. I decided to try Beachbody at home workouts & I was hooked! I can totally fit in 30 minutes a day around my kids, husband and busy life. I also began weight training which I love and would probably not have done at the gym since I didn’t really know what to do! I’m much stronger since having kids and more willing to try anything (except running haha). I love exercise because of the way it makes me feel and I’m a better, more patient & present mom when I take 30 minutes to sweat it out!
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Pregnancy matters! Do your best to stay active (if able) and eat clean. Fuel your body with the very best things for baby instead of just “eating for 2″. Ease yourself back into exercise when you are cleared by your doctor & when you feel ready. Start with core work & be gentle and patient with yourself! My last two girls were c sections and I never thought I would regain my core strength and tone. PIYO really has helped with that as has eating clean and grain free. We spend so much time as moms making sure our babies/kids are fed well, make sure you are taking your nutrition seriously too. Take one day a week to plan & prep your meals and you will have a lot more time and a lot less stress! I also think finding a group of other moms who are fitness minded is so important! As a Beachbody Coach I run monthly wellness groups on Facebook to connect with other moms who are making their health a priority through exercise. It’s so helpful to surround yourself with positive women who motivate each other & social media makes it a lot easier to do that. Find something that you LOVE to do & you will stick with it.

You can continue to follow Samantha at the links below!

Instagram: @sjbassett4
Website: www.samanthabassettfitness.com
FB to join one of my free & private wellness groups: www.facebook.com/samantha.bassett
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/samanthabassettfitness

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First Name: Debbie
Age: 49
Children: Tristan – 20, Gia – 10, Maya – 8
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Weight Training
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I am super proud to be able to do pull ups, a ton of push ups, and deadlift my own bodyweight (140lbs)
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Just do it! No excuses! If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will! I feel like so many women make excuses not to exercise. I have so much going on with 3 kids and a job, but I can’t wait for my time in the gym. It just makes you feel better!

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First Name: Stephanie
Age: 29
Children: 3-Year-old daughter Savannah
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: PLYOGA & CrossFit
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: 1-Running my first half marathon while 6 weeks pregnant; 2- Getting my six pack abs back about 6 months after giving birth
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Make it a point to reintroduce the things you are passionate about & love doing after getting settled with a new baby; Set goals for yourself to get your body back and work fitness back into your lifestyle post baby; Be patient with results and love your miraculous body during this time

You can continue to follow Stephanie at the links below!
Website: www.plyogafitness.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/plyogafitness
Instagram: @plyogafitness
YouTube: Stephanie Lauren

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First Name: Lauren
Age: 32
Children: Landen age 8 and Riley age 13
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Running and 21 Day Fix videos
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Losing the 70lbs+ I gained during pregnancy
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Losing over 70lbs was such a big accomplishment after having my son!! If you set your mind to it you can change your life. That is the beauty of this world…you have control of who you are…so us women should own it and learn from our mistakes because they only make us stronger!

You can continue to follow Lauren at the links below!
Website: www.teambeachbody.com/laurenwilloughby
Instagram: @laurencwilloughby
Facebook: www.fb.com/fitfoodiefabulous

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First Name: Cate
Age: 25
Children: Little Man is 2 1/2 and Little Miss is 6 months.
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: I love running and I do a lot of HIIT.
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: Since having my daughter, I have lost 55lbs. I’m below my 2nd pre-pregnancy weight and on my way to being below my first pre-pregnancy weight.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Don’t let your children be your excuse for not making a change, for not working out or bettering yourself. “I cant work out because the kids are awake” or “I can’t diet because I’m nursing.” Those are excuses, with some thought and careful over sight, you can succeed. Our children should be part of our reason for changing. Let them get involved in your exercise, from 2 months to 2 years, there is always a way for them to be a part of your positive changes.

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First: Melissa
Age: 32
Children: Ryan 10, Logan 7, Luke 1
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: I prefer running and body weight training
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I started to take running to a whole new level once by second son was in kindergarten. I now had extra time for myself that allowed me to train for long distance runs. I would run almost daily and spend two days a week with my trainer working on strength. I ran two half marathons and one full marathon before having my third son. During my pregnancy with Luke I focused on eating healthy and walking at least three miles five times a week. My birth experience was absolutely wonderful and the best one out of the three! I was able to have a pain free natural birth that I was hoping for. I feel staying active during pregnancy really helped me attain this goal. Since having Luke a year ago I kept my fitness goals realistic for myself. I knew I wasn’t in the position to pick up where I left off with running marathons so instead I set my mind on running a 5k which I did when he was just three months. After that I focused on speed training and by the time the spring came around I had reached my personal best in a 5k before pregnancy.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: My advice for new moms is that motherhood is a new chapter in your life and at first you are not going to have all the time you once did for yourself so set reasonable goals. Make the most of the time you do have, stay positive and know that as the baby grows everything falls into place and you will be back or even better than were you left off.

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First Name: Kate
Age: 33
Children: 2 1/2 year old boy and 18 weeks pregnant with #2.
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Piyo (from Beachbody), 21 Day Fix, walking, hiking and working out at the playground while my son plays.
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I’m happy to have lost all of the baby weight from my son and that I have continued to stay even more active throughout this pregnancy so far.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Make time for yourself! Even if it is 10 minutes of push-ups, squats and crunches a few times per day. Small changes lead to big results!! Find a workout buddy to keep you motivated and on track (somebody in person or even online).

You can continue to follow Kate at the links below!
Facebook: Healthy Fit Mommy
Instagram: @healthyfitmommy

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First name: Shannon
Age: 33
Children: 2 girls
Your preferred for of exercise: Jiu Jitsu/ kickboxing
Health and fitness accomplishments you are proud of since becoming a mom: When I started Jiu Jitsu “just for fun” a year into it I lost 50 lbs and felt the best I ever have. Since then I have gained confidence, strength and a passion for a sport I never thought I would. When I won my first 1st place medal in a tournament it was the most amazing, proud feeling I have ever felt because I did it myself! Also my first tap out felt pretty awesome as well!
Advice for other moms to be: Don’t ever think just because you’re a mom you can’t make a little time for yourself to do somthing you are passionate about! Your children will look up to you and most importantly you will be a happier mommy!!

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Age: 49
Children: Amanda 24, B’rynn 18, Caldwell 11
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Hiking, surfing… The list could go on! I am just not a gym type of a girl : )
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: My favorite fitness accomplishment is when I started Muay Thai and BJJ over 5 yrs ago. I loved training so much I took an average of 10 classes a week (that is 10 hours worth!!) and lost 20 lbs and gained some nice muscle definition without it even seeming like an effort because I was having so much fun.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Hmmm, I guess if I were to offer up advice to other moms or moms-to-be it would have to be to find something you enjoy doing and turn that into your fitness routine. If you love the beach don’t just sit there…take some time out and go walk along the ocean. If you love photography go on a hike and photograph the nature around you. Getting in shape doesn’t always have to be in a gym walking on a treadmill. Another piece of advice is to make exercise fun for kids and you don’t have to tell them they are exercising just make it an adventure. Go treasure hunting along the beach or hiking. An example is I bought my son a remote control car that we take along with us when we go trail walking. He is having fun and doesn’t even realize he walked 2 miles!

You can continue to follow Sandi at: www.sandrawellnesscoach.com

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First Name: Melissa
Age: 29
Children: Ellie – 8.5 months old
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: I love anything that works up a good sweat. If it’s set to music to remind me of dancing, even better! Current favorite for that is TurboFire, and looking forward to Cize launching soon.
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I stayed active my entire pregnancy, including doing ab work until almost the end. I was back to my pre-baby body, including abs, by about 4 months postpartum, which I fully attribute to having exercised the entire 9 months. It CAN be done if you want it badly enough.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Put yourself first sometimes! If you don’t take care of you, meaning exercise and eat well, you aren’t going to be the best mom you can be. I get up early to exercise before my daughter wakes up. It’s my “me time” for the day.

You can continue to follow Melissa at the links below!

Blog: www.dancingforfood.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DancingForFood
Instagram: @melkolbeck
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/dancingforfood
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/MelissaKolbeck

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First name: Miriam
Age: 29
Children: EJ 2 yrs old
Preferred form of exercise: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, HIIT, Kettle bells
Accomplishment I’m proud of: Earning my bjj brown belt and winning gold in my first tournament 2 years after I had my son.
Advice for other moms: Be patient with your body after giving birth. Take one day at a time and make small goals for yourself! Also find a workout you love and it won’t feel like a job

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Age: 33
Children: Gavin Michael who is 8 weeks old
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Yoga and swimming (during pregnancy I was swimming 2-3 times a week and was trying to take 2 yoga classes a week)
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: During my pregnancy I ate a healthy gluten free vegetarian diet and continued my yoga practice. I also started swimming twice a week before work which was a challenge to get out of bed so early but everyday after my swim I was always happy I went and felt accomplished. I swam and practiced my yoga right up until my due date. I was never tired or burnt out I really feel staying active and eating healthy played a huge role in having a healthy pregnancy.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Your pregnancy and birth is your experience it is what you make it, even if it doesn’t always go as planned, don’t let other people’s experiences effect you.

You can continue to follow Kym on Instagram @kymhoffy

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First Name: Michele
Age: 46 1/2
Children: Anna 15, Tyler 14, Kayla 10
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Mainly endurance training, but anything that I didn’t once believe I was capable of.
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom: I have been overweight my entire life and even while pregnant I never made the appropriate healthy choices. Pregnancy cravings were an added excuse to eat worse. Proud that after 44 1/2 years I finally changed my life for the better!!! I set small goals and just kept going after them, reach them and then set new ones. I used my children’s current weights when I started my journey as long term goals. Kayla was 68 pounds, Anna was 83 pounds but Tyler was 147 pounds. I never anticipated losing him however I stepped on the scale one day and I was down 149 pounds. That was the last time I obsessed over the number and now I strive to continue to build muscle and enjoy my accomplishments in clothing sizes.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: YOU’RE NEVER TO OLD!!!

You can continue to follow Michele at the link below!

Facebook: The Stick Peoples Kidz

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First Name: Renee
Age: 26
Children: Tommy, 10 months,
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Body weight strength training ((TRX, bootcamp)) & mountain biking
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom or when you were a mom-to-be: I gave birth! Hah! Definitely one of the most intense physical achievements of my life! Since baby I’m back to pre-pregnancy weight by 6 months postpartum and I can still throw a mountain bike around just like I did before pregnancy! OH! And I ran a 5k 9 months postpartum and it was a personal record!

Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: My advice for moms and moms-to-be is to utilize what’s around you to stay in shape until baby comes. My muscle awareness was key for childbirth, and I attribute that to continuing my workouts (for me: walking, biking, light lifting) while pregnant and prenatal yoga. Once baby comes, be kind to your body, give yourself plenty of time to heal and then ease into training again. Don’t be afraid to ask for professional help to be sure what you’re doing is a good plan for you. Start slow, but stay regular and you will see significant results! My basic theory on training is to stay realistic and to make smart decisions 95% of the time. What I mean by this is to train regularly, 5-6 days a week both lifting and some cardio, and be smart about what you’re putting in your body. You don’t have to go crazy- just eat nutritious foods 95% of the time, so when you want pizza or ice cream you don’t have to feel bad about it. Everything in moderation! Teach your child how to make good decisions by setting a good example.

You can continue to follow Renee at the links below!

Blog: www.renewrossi.com
Instagram: @dailyrenewfit
Twitter: @rippedrenee

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First Name: Mary
Age: 30
Children: Baby Caine expected August 2015
Your Preferred Form of Exercise: Anything outdoors, HIIT workouts at home, yoga, swimming, walking
Health and Fitness Accomplishment you are Proud of since becoming a mom-to-be: I am proud that I am nourishing my body with real, whole, plant foods everyday, drinking plenty of water, staying active, and relaxing as much possible. These are conscious choices I make every day for the health of my baby and I.
Advice for other moms or moms-to-be: Love your body in all its forms. So many times I hear pregnant women (and moms in general) complaining about their weight and body shaming themselves. It’s a shame that this is the norm. Our bodies are incredible, and we are helping to bring new lives into this world. We are all goddesses in our own right. This is an incredible blessing and gift, and I choose to view it as a miracle. By focussing on health, rather than just numbers on a scale, and by telling ourselves we are beautiful, I believe this makes a big difference in our self-esteem and well-being.

You can continue to follow Mary at the links below!

Website: www.sproutandblossomwellness.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/sproutandblossom
Instagram: @sproutnblossom
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sproutandblossom

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